Easter Tide: The Age of Faith
It’s all so obvious – right? Jesus is Risen. The women and men closest to Him have all seen Him, touched Him.
Yet they only recognized Him with difficulty. St. Mary of Magdala’s grief was not broken until Jesus called her by name. The Apostles recognize Him with difficulty and Jesus takes the initiative to introduce Himself. There is an air of surprise – an awkwardness that Jesus breaks with the greeting used by Angels and other heavenly visitors, “Peace be with You”. It is easy enough to see this as a blessing, but not as the gesture of reassurance that it is. The Risen Christ is not the historical Jesus that He was. Beyond time and space, the Divine Word – God Eternal – is now and ever was.
We can all now live in the Risen Christ and He in us.
“Without seeing you, We love you;
Without touching you, We embrace;
Without knowing you, We follow;
Without seeing you, We believe.”
– David Haas, “Without Seeing You”, from the album “Glory Day”.